Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Social Work

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Course summary

Are you a ‘people person’? Do you possess patience and perseverance? As a social worker, you will work with some of the most vulnerable groups in society, supporting them to overcome their personal barriers in order to lead a dignified life. This is no doubt one of the most valuable careers you can choose so, if you love the idea of helping people in a truly meaningful way, our BSc (Hons) Social Work degree could be the perfect course for you. Why study this subject? Knowing how to help someone overcome the challenges they face in life isn’t easy, but this course will give you the insight and understanding to do just that. As a Social Worker you'll be aware of the impact of social issues including poverty, deprivation and exclusion and you'll be passionate about working towards solutions and managing each individual's unique problems. Social Workers strive to improve quality of life for others whilst dealing with complex situations and balancing tensions between care and control. The choice to become a Social Worker isn't a decision that should be taken lightly. We want people who are committed to their future career and determined to make a difference to the lives of others. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? Studying a BSc (Hons) Social Work degree with us will give you the insight and knowledge you need to become a valued and trusted support for the people you work with in your future career. Knowing how to help someone overcome challenges isn’t easy. It’s important to us that we provide you with not only the theory but also the practical experience you’ll need to step into your future confidently. Our lecturers are experts and have rich experiences to share that will make your learning come to life. They're all former practitioners themselves meaning they can provide you with a deep insight to the realities of being a social worker. It also means the theory you learn will always be linked to real-life practice. Social work can be an intensely emotional subject to both study and practice so it’s important to have a supportive community around you. Our intimate student community and friendly teaching team makes studying at BNU a unique experience. You’ll always have someone there to talk to. Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and work with front-line social workers who'll understand exactly what you’re going through. They can help prepare you for your career so you feel confident and resilient for whatever you choose to do beyond graduation. Your study will combine classroom theory with real-life practical experience, some of which involves working alongside current social workers. As well as group workshops, simulations, presentations and tutorials led by industry experts, you’ll also complete two placements where you’ll further develop your learning and understanding. The way we’ve designed this course means that come graduation, you’ll feel confident about stepping into your future as a social worker. Over the course of three years, you’ll delve into lots of exciting topics like the context of social work, social policy, ethics and values, social work law and how to make change happen. You’ll also study a number of skills-focused modules to enhance your learning and employability. Your teaching team finds placements within a 25-mile radius of the High Wycombe Campus in different kinds of organisations related to Social Work. Our placement programme will provide you with experience of relevant statutory tasks and duties and the opportunity to develop skills and competencies needed to practice as a Social Worker when you graduate. We work with a broad range of organisations to offer interesting social work placements, including Local Authorities, Healthcare Trusts, voluntary and independent sectors.

Course details


Year One: Advanced Skills for Professional Development L4 20, Developing Social Work Skills for Practice, Ethics and Values, Lifespan Development, Preparation for Practice, Social Policy and Social Work, Society and Social Work, The Context of Social Work. Year 2: Advanced Skills for Professional Development L5 5, Practice Learning 1, Practitioner Research, Social Work Law, Social Work Theory and Processes, Working with Adults, Working with Children and Families, Working with Mental Health Service Users. Year Three: Advanced Skills for Professional Development L6 5, Dissertation, Inter-Professional Practice, Organisations, Management and Change, Practice Learning 2.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Group Activity.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Written Excercise.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £12500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS